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As far as my teams I’m interested in:

  • Carleton College lost 26-7 to Concordia-Moorhead
  • St. Olaf was off
  • UMD won 24-6 over Winona
  • Air Force Academy lost 33-59 to Notre Dame

In the D2football.com poll:

  • #9 Minnesota Duluth (unchanged from last week)
  • #15 St. Cloud State (#18)
  • Dropped Out: Michigan Tech (#21)

In the D3football.com poll:

  • #3 St. Thomas (no change)
  • #9 Bethel (no change)

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Last night I watched Carleton’s women’s football(soccer) team play UW-La Crosse; Ellie Wilson scored in the second overtime for a Knights 1-0 win, Beth Ashinsky got the shutout. 

I picked up Kaelyn and we went to watch it (missed the first half) and Amy showed up after she was done with work (although they both left early, Kaelyn had an accident – she’s still learning to use the toilet).  Not a lot of great chances, but the play was pretty even and both teams came close to scoring a couple of times in regulation (Carleton hit the bar once).

Going to watch either of the Carleton football teams play in the fall is really wonderful.  You sit on a grass-covered hill, with the game going on below you, with the fall-colored trees in the background, and occasional Canadian Honkers flying by.  Really, there’s not much that can compare. 

Sitting there I just couldn’t help thinking that it sure seems that Division II and Division III NCAA athletics is what sports are supposed to be.  It could be just me though, judging from “professional” sports and NCAA Division I attendance.  Division II and Division III athletics is wonderful because:

  • There’s no problem getting to the event – traffic is either non-existent or not really a problem
  • It’s cheap to watch; sometimes it’s free, but even when you do pay you’re not having to worry about cost like when you go to Division I or “professional” sports game (paying for tickets, paying for parking, ticket processing fees, etc).
  • Very little fanatical stuff going on;  people are just simply watching the game, cheering for their team, and it’s very rare you see the “woofing” that happens in the Division I or “profession” sporting events.  Going to a D-II or D-III game you’re a ton less likely to encounter violence than at a D-II or “professional” sporting event.
  • Little to no advertising: Watching the game you are subjected to almost no ads, certainly none of the “that blocked punt was brought to you by Ed’s furniture and firearms.  Just remember if you want a new sofa and are worried about protecting it, come to Ed’s”. 
  • Rivalries/conferences:  Especially with the recent conference changes in Division I (gridiron-)football and hockey, it just seems that the conferences don’t make a lot of sense (Seriously, Colorado is in the Pac-10? What’s “Pac” about Colorado?).  Case in point, the MIAC has 13 schools and every single one is in Minnesota.  Thus traveling to see a road game is much more convenient and the rivalries make more sense.  Heck, in case you are a St. Olaf or Carleton College fan, if you want to see them play an away game you have a 5 minute drive since both teams are in Northfield.

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As far as my teams I’m interested in:

  • Carleton College lost 35-14 to Augsburg
  • St. Olaf won 30-28 over Bethel
  • UMD won 49-21 over MSU Moorhead
  • Air Force Academy won 35-34 in overtime over Navy

In the D2football.com poll:

  • #9 Minnesota Duluth (#10 last week)
  • #18 St. Cloud State (no change)
  • #21 Michigan Tech (#22)
  • Dropped Out:  Bemidji State (was #23)

In the D3football.com poll

  • #3 St. Thomas (no change)
  • #9 Bethel (#5)

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As far as my teams I’m interested in:

  • Carleton College won 34-0 over Hamine, they’re now 1-2
  • St. Olaf won 44-26 over Gustavus Adolphus, they’re 3-1
  • UMD won 26-23 over Bemidji State, they’re 3-1
  • Air Force Academy won 63-24 over Tennessee State , they’re 2-1

In the D2football.com poll:

  • #10 Minnesota Duluth (unchanged from prior week)
  • #17 St. Cloud State (#17 previously)
  • #21 Michigan Tech (#22)
  • Dropped Out:  Bemidji State

In the D3football.com poll

  • #3 St. Thomas (unchanged)
  • #5 Bethel (unchanged)

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As far as my teams I’m interested in:

  • Carleton College lost 27-9 to Carthage, they’re now 0-2
  • St. Olaf lost 49-14 to St. Thomas, they’re 2-1
  • UMD lost 0-7 to Wayne State, they’re 2-1
  • Air Force Academy lost 35-19 to TCU, they’re 1-1

In the D2football.com poll:

  • #10 Minnesota Duluth
  • #18 St. Cloud State
  • #22 Michigan Tech
  • #23 Bemidji State

In the D3football.com poll

  • #3 St. Thomas
  • #5 Bethel

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It’s moving weekend. After tomorrow Amy and I will have the bulk of the stuff moved into our new house. We don’t get internet until 11/26 at the house, so no posting here since work has blocked Live-journal. Amy is out of town the entire week next week, so our first official night living there will be Friday. Then Saturday sometime I’ll head to “The Great North” for UMD hockey. Wonderful. The Misfits will be coming to the DECC, even more wonderful. It would have been nice to join them before the game for some drinks, but once again life gets in the way. You’ve probably heard this, but maybe next year. **sigh**

For tomorrow, come on Air Force! Send Notre Dame to 1-9! Just for the record I’d love to watch the game (I’ll probably tape it), but I will not be watch it live since I seem to be a curse for the Falcons. A couple of weeks ago I listened to the end of the Air Force game. In the very short time I was listening AFA proceeded to fumble three times, blew their lead, and lost. AFA beat Army last weekend, which is nice but means squat since the Commander-In-Chief Trophy still won’t be in Colorado Springs again.

Staying with Air Force, the Falcons mens’ hoops team open up tonight at Clune Arena. They’ve got Dartmouth. A quick glance of the schedule reveals that they aren’t coming anywhere near Minnesota this year, which is how things always work. Now if form holds, this will be the only time I will mention them (or basketball for that matter) until March Madness time.

As for other football happenings, UMD finishes their season at St. Cloud State tomorrow. They have three straight losses. So does Carlton College. They end their regular season tomorrow at Gustavus. Last weekend “The Cereal Bowl” went to St. Olaf. They beat Carlton in a rout 85-28.

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You may proceed to sieve me, but I missed reporting the first puck drop of the season. It belonged to the U16 teams Chicago Fury and Team Illinois. It was a 2-2 tie.

The first puck drop for Minnesota teams belonged to the Minnesota Thoroughbreds who won 3-2 over the California Wave on September 6th. Turns out the Thoroughbreds have amazingly already played five games, going 2-2-1. Hockey at the start of September? Brilliant! With the start of hockey season the world has changed. The world is better, the air is cleaner, the future looks brighter, and life is as it should be.

The first puck drop of the NAHL season belongs to America’s team, the USA National Development Program’s Under-17 team. They drop the puck at the Ann Arbor Ice cube against last year’s Robertson Cup Champions the St. Louis Bandits. The NAHL’s Minnesota teams (Fargo-Moorhead Jets, Alexandria Blizzard, and Southern Minnesota Express) start their seasons on September 19th during the NAHL’s Showcase Tournament at the **company name deleted** (Not-So) SuperRink in Blaine. I will be attendance during the daytime games on 9/19 & 9/20. However, I will most likely “beat the traffic” and leave before the evening games.

All of the preceding is a breath of fresh air and makes me excited for hockey season. As-if my interest in the NHL hasn’t gotten low enough, the Wild keep finding ways to make me not watch them.

I just discovered this week that Union, St. Lawrence, and RPI are all Division III schools who play up in Division I for hockey. Very impressive. I’m now a fan of those schools.

Notes:
– Bethel , Macalester, Carlton, MSU-Mankato, and UCONN allowed nothing on the board this week. Both the Scots and Mavericks really thumped their opponents, scores were 62-0 and 70-0 respectively. Happily the Carlton Knights got this season off to a wonderful start as they pounded Minnesota-Morris 49-0.
– Congrats to Omaha. The 6th ranked Mavericks held down the home field and beat #2 Northwest Missouri 25-21
– I’m very excited to see Air Force beat Utah. A 2-0 start for AFA is a wonderful thing.

D-I Hockey Schools:
This week (versus non-hockey): 17-11 60.7 Win%
This season (versus non-hockey): 33-21, 61.1 Win%

By football division (this season versus non-hockey):
IA: 12-7
IAA: 5-4
II: 13-9
III: 3-1

Minnesota Schools:
This week (versus non-hockey): 11-5, 68.7%
This season (versus non-hockey): 22-12 64.7%

By football division (this season versus non-hockey):
IA: 1-1
II: 9-7
III: 12-4
– Putting the D in Defense:
– The DIII schools are stellar. They went 6-1 this week, with only St. Thomas losing. Macalester really thumped Principlia. At 12-4 on the season Division III is rolling, except for the aforementioned St. Thomas who are 0-2.

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